What are the important dates for my trip?
- Inca Trail bookings: Need to be done well in advance (4 - 6 months)
- March to October: Dry season
- November to February: Rainy Season
- May to September: High tourist season
Do I need a permit to hike the Inca Trail?
Yes, 500 people are allowed to begin the Inca Trail each day (200 tourists and 300 guides/porters). Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. All booking information must match your passport.
What are the government regulations for visiting Machu Picchu?
On June 30th 2018 Peruvian authorities released updated regulations for visiting Machu Picchu. The new regulations are:
There is now a time limit to visit the citadel. The morning visitation slot is from 5:30am - 12pm and the afternoon visitation slot is from by 12pm - 5.30pm.
Visitors must complete a designated circuit, in one direction only. Exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted and, upon completion, visitors must exit the site. Toilets are avaliable on entry and exit of the site however there are no toilet facilities avaliable insdie the citadel.
Are there any Inca Trail permits avaliable for my trip?
- June - October: Sold out
- November: Available
- December: Available
- January: Available
- February: Inca Trail closed for maintenance.
- March: Available
- April: Available
- May: Available
- June: Available
What should my daily budget be?
We recommend a budget of $25 - $50USD/day plus an emergency budget of $500 for the trip in case anything unexpected happens.
If you like to eat at high end restaurants and buy lots of souvenirs you will need more money than this and if you plan to eat market food you can certainly spend less. Make sure to check out what is included in the tour descriptions to help you budget. If in doubt always bring more.
Having an emergency budget is important in case of severe weather events, civil unrest or natural disasters. For your safety or lack of transportation these events may change the itinerary of your tour and additional costs may arise.
Do people tip in Peru?
Tipping is not compulsory however it is expected and makes a big difference to your local servers, drivers and guides.
During your trek many people will be working to make it an amazing experience for you. An average of $60 - $80 for tipping can be split amongst the chefs and porters and assistant guides. Lead guides are usually tipped $5 - $8/day.
As always you can tip more or less than this depending on your opinion of the level of service.
Are ATMs available in Peru?
There are many ATMs available in Peru and all over South America. However in rural areas and small towns, it is a good idea to carry enough cash with you for your time there.
Are credit cards accepted in Peru?
Most major credit cards are accepted at upmarket restaurants, shops, hotels, hostels and attractions. A 5% credit card fee is usually added. However the majority of small or rural establishments only accept cash.
How much money should I bring in cash?
Bring a limited amount of Peruvian sol with you from home or the airport as exchange rates are usually much better in banks once you arrive.
Can you drink the water in Peru?
It is not reccomended to drink tap water in Peru. You can easily purchase bottled water or boil water to make it safe to drink. However it is reccomended to buy larger bottles and refill a resuable bottle to minimise use of plastic. On the Inca trail it is required by the Peruvian government to bring a resuable bottle.
What are the bathrooms like in Peru?
Bathroom amenities vary from place to place so it is always a good idea to carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser with you. You cannot flush toilet paper in Peru as the septic systems cannot handle the waste.
Where and when can I do laundry during my tour?
Laundry facilities will be available at various times throughout your trip. However make sure you bring enough clothes to last up to 1 week between washes. Usually laundry is done within 24hrs.
What type of accomodation will I have on my trip?
In towns or cities you will have a double or twin room in a hotel. Where you will share with your travel partner or another member of the tour.
If your tour has a homestay component then you will be staying in basic accomodation with a local family. Here you will get an authentic travel experience where you can see what life is like for a a typical family. There may not be no showers or only cold showers avaliable and the toilet may be a long drop where you need to put the toilet paper in the bin.
If your tour has a trekking component then you will be sleeping at basic camp sites. We will provide double tents with camping mattesses for you. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or hire one (which you can do through Papis Treks, just see the rentals page of this website). As with many Treks your toilet may be in nature or in public toilet facilities. Showers may not be avaliable so it is important to pack wet wipes to stay resh during your hike. Do not worry everyone will be in the same boat! Electricty will most likely not be avaliable during your hike so make sure to bring fully charged devices and a battery pack in you so desire.
If you are travelling solo or are in an odd number group you may have to share with another tour member. If you would like a private room during your trip please inform us when you book or as soon as possible to organise an upgrade to private rooms instead of twins or doubles. However this may not be possible for the trekking, homestay or Amazon Jungle portions of the tour.
What do I need to pack for my trip?
Check out our packing lists here. We will also send you a PDF of a packing list after you book. You can rent hiking equiptment in Cusco before your trek however it is always best to bring your own equiptment.
Do I need a visa for my trip?
Passports and visas are your responsibility. Before your trip make copies of all your important documents and have one copy in your bag and leave one with a friend or family member.
You need to check visa requirements for travel to Peru, government websites are the best source of this information. Each country has different regulations for visas. Make sure to organise your visa as soon as possible as they can sometimes take a few weeks to process. Double check transit visas for your flights as some countries such as the United States or Canada require them, even if you do not leave the airport.
You need to ensure your passport is valid for your length of travel. Some countries also require you to have a valid passport for up to 6 months after your trip finishes. Double check that your flight and tour details match your passport details.
Do I need travel insurance?
It is compulsory to have travel insurance to take a tour with Papis Treks, this is your responsibility and cost to cover. Check the type of cover you have and ensure that it covers hiking at altitudes up to 4,450m above sea level. It is your responsibility to organise and pay for travel insurance.